Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Baby Dresden I

 
I had time this morning to add borders to this top.  The center was 41 x 41" and now is 50 x 50"
I need to find some light fabric that is suitable for the backing.
I have enough of the Dresden blocks to make at least two more quilts about this size.


A friend showed me how to make and add a drawstring bag to the back of a beach towel.  A place to hold sunglasses, sunscreen and whatever else you need to bring with your towel.   I made three and just need to find something to use for the drawstring.  Nice little gifts.

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sewing Update

A table runner I started Sunday afternoon and completed Monday morning. Pattern is in the latest issue of McCall's Quilting, called Zippy Strippy.  Very easy and fun to make.  It will be the gift to the person who sold the winning ticket in our Woman's Club quilt raffle.  The Arrow Star quilt that will be given away can be seen here.
 The drawing is Saturday morning at the clubhouse.
This is the back
This table runner I made a few weeks ago and it will be given to the Woman's Club member who sold the most raffle tickets. 
Backing fabric.
Extra Block
My Stitcher's Garden block for June and above is the extra block we were given in May.  We have two to do for July also so I can't wait until the last minute again. (one is another extra block)
 
 
Lastly I have been making some Dresden plate blocks with all the plethora of 30's fabric that I now have.  I cut enough wedges to make many, many blocks------tooo many I fear.  Planning to make a couple of baby size quilts rather that the big one I made here.

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We're still getting plenty of rain in our little corner of the world - I haven't needed to water anything yet this year except the porch pots.  John put in an underground water pipe to go to the far backyard so he could water the blueberry and raspberry plants he planted last year.  He'd be happy to see that they are thriving (except for the blueberry bushes that the deer have been munching on).  No wonder he felt he needed to plant several bushes.

Raspberries were John's favorite  - He loved raspberry anything.  Our friends in the Adirondacks, his sisters, my sisters etc. always made sure they had Raspberry Jam for John.  That and sweet corn on the cob when it was in season. 

Marcia made a remembrance arrangement for him for Father's Day and put in raspberry branches and flags.  It was so fitting.

 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Catching Up and Prep Time

 
A rainy day here in central North Carolina.  A perfect day to catch up on some of my projects.  I have been doing a  " A Stitcher's Garden" Block of the Month at Thistle Bee Quilt Shop in Goldsboro along with Sally.  We prepare our background by stitching a background design and fuse our flowers before class.  I finished one of my blocks last month but had barely started the second.  This morning I finished the block on the right and prepped my blocks for this month.  I also have an extra small block that I need to fuse and stitch to be entirely caught up.  Maybe tomorrow.

 
These are my blocks so far.  I haven't added any yo-yos or buttons as I like to add them after quilting.  Sally's blocks look entirely different as she is using black and white backgrounds and Kaffe prints for the flowers.  They are really stunning.  Some gals are using traditional fabrics, some brights.  Fun to see how different they look.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Family Fishing Fun on the Eno

 
 Today after a picnic lunch at West Point on the Eno Park in Durham, we learned how to fly fish in the Eno River that runs through Durham.  Where we are standing is only a few hundred feet from the bridge on Roxboro Road.   There were lots of people out enjoying the afternoon with their children and dogs but it never seemed too crowded.  
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 Getting basic instructions on fly fishing from Jim who is a fishing guide.


 
Marcia caught a small fish immediately. Beginners luck or maybe Jim has been giving her private lessons.
 
 
Hannah caught a tree - several times.
 
 
Kathy caught two dollars -no kidding she found 2 bucks in the water.
 
 
Shelly and Vince entertained Tarifa (Hannah's 4mo. old miniature greyhound).  And also their dog, Charlie (probably in Vince's lap).  We ended our day about 5:30PM as Shane had to drive back to Wilmington.  Can't beat family fun in the sun.